Date of Award


Document Type

Independent Study

Degree Name

Master of Education (MEd)


Kinesiology & Public Health Education


Physical educators claim numerous attributes of their program, namely, teaching the whole person; his or her social, mental, and physical well-being. This study purports to measure the relationship of the social status in comparison with physical fitness of ninth grade girls.

The test used to measure the fitness level was the AAHPER Fitness Test. It was administered to all ninth grade girls at Jim Hill Junior High School in Minot, North Dakota. The seven items in the test battery were transformed to norms in the form of percentile scores and then averaged to obtain one fitness score for each subject.

The Moreno Sociometric Device was the testing instrument used to measure social acceptance by their peers. The subjects were instructed to list their five best friends in order, the best friend being number one, etc. These rankings were then weighted on a 6-4-3-2-1 basis which resulted in a Sociometric Index Number for each subject. The Sociometric Index Number and the average fitness score were then correlated by using the Pearson Product Moment Correlation procedure.

The statistical procedure revealed little or no correlation between social acceptance and physical fitness for the ninth grade girls at Jim Hill Junior High School.